List of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston

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This is a list of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston. Some are located within Boston proper while some are located in neighboring cities and towns, but all are within the 128/95/1 loop. This is a somewhat narrow definition of Metropolitan Boston, and it excludes colleges and universities along the North Shore, South Shore and in suburbs to the west. Although larger institutions may have several schools, some of which are located in cities other than that of the main campus (such as Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine), each institution is listed only once and location is determined by the site of each institution's main campus.

There are a total of 58 institutions of higher education in the defined region, including 5 junior colleges, 18 colleges that primarily grant baccalaureate and master's degrees, 9 research universities, and 26 special-focus institutions. Of these, 55 are non-profit organizations while 3 are for-profit businesses, and 50 are private ventures while 5 are public institutions (4 are run by the state of Massachusetts and 1 is operated by the city of Quincy). Collectively, they enroll 249,520 students.

In 2007, enrollment at these colleges and universities ranged from 108 students at the Episcopal Divinity School to 32,053 students at Boston University. The first to be founded was Harvard University, also the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, while the most recently established institution in the area is the Urban College of Boston. All but four of these schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the oldest regional accrediting body in the United States, and all but one are recognized by the United States Department of Education.


Andover Newton Theological SchoolNewtonPrivateSpecial-focus35018071978
Bay State CollegeBostonFor-profitBaccalaureate1,15019462008
Babson CollegeWellesleyPrivateSpecial-focus2,37519191950
Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologyBostonPrivateSpecial-focus51319082006
Bentley UniversityWalthamPrivateMaster's5,66219171966
Berklee College of MusicBostonPrivateSpecial-focus4,05419451973
Boston Architectural CollegeBostonPrivateSpecial-focus1,33818891991
Boston Baptist CollegeMiltonPrivateSpecial-focus1531976
Boston CollegeChestnut HillPrivateResearch14,62118631935
Boston ConservatoryBostonPrivateSpecial-focus61318671968
Boston Graduate School of PsychoanalysisBrooklinePrivateSpecial-focus17819731996
Boston UniversityBostonPrivateResearch31,76618391929
Brandeis UniversityWalthamPrivateResearch5,32719481953
Bunker Hill Community CollegeBostonPublicAssociate’s8,80619731976
Cambridge CollegeCambridgePrivateMaster's5,35519711981
Curry CollegeMiltonPrivateBaccalaureate3,09718791970
Eastern Nazarene CollegeQuincyPrivateBaccalaureate1,05019001943
Endicott CollegeBeverlyPrivateMaster's4,24519391952
Emerson CollegeBostonPrivateMaster's4,53618801950
Emmanuel CollegeBostonPrivateMaster's2,46719191933
Episcopal Divinity SchoolCambridgePrivateSpecial-focus1081975
Fisher CollegeBostonPrivateBaccalaureate1,22519031970
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringNeedhamPrivateSpecial-focus34319972006
Harvard UniversityCambridgePrivateResearch25,69016361929
Hebrew CollegeNewtonPrivateSpecial-focus20119211955
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of TheologyBrooklinePrivateSpecial-focus18619371974
Hult International Business SchoolCambridgePrivateSpecial-focus1,00019641976
Labouré CollegeBostonPrivateAssociate's54818921975
Lasell CollegeNewtonPrivateBaccalaureate1,46918511932
Lesley UniversityCambridgePrivateMaster's7,00319091952
Longy School of MusicCambridgePrivateSpecial-focus23519151995
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley HillsPublicAssociate's5,50019611967
Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBostonPublicSpecial-focus2,34918731954
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesBostonPrivateSpecial-focus3,90918231974
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgePrivateResearch10,22918611929
Massachusetts School of Professional PsychologyBostonPrivateSpecial-focus30419741984
MGH Institute of Health ProfessionsBostonPrivateSpecial-focus132919771985
Mount Ida CollegeNewtonPrivateBaccalaureate1,46018991970
New England College of Business and FinanceBostonPrivateMaster's71119092008
New England College of OptometryBostonPrivateSpecial-focus46418941976
New England ConservatoryBostonPrivateSpecial-focus71418671951
New England Institute of ArtBrooklineFor-profitSpecial-focus1,97519522004
New England School of LawBostonPrivateSpecial-focus1,1031938
New England School of PhotographyBostonFor-profitSpecial-focus1191968
Newbury CollegeBrooklinePrivateBaccalaureate1,08819622000
Northeastern UniversityBostonPrivateResearch24,43418981940
Pine Manor CollegeBrooklinePrivateBaccalaureate45219111939
Quincy CollegeQuincyPublicAssociate’s3,93219581980
Regis CollegeWeston, MassachusettsPrivateBachelor's degree11981927884
Roxbury Community CollegeBostonPublicAssociate’s2,39819731981
Saint John's SeminaryBostonPrivateSpecial-focus11818841969
School of the Museum of Fine ArtsBostonPrivateSpecial-focus7971876
Simmons CollegeBostonPrivateMaster's4,93318991929
Suffolk UniversityBostonPrivateResearch12,00019061952
Tufts UniversityMedfordPrivateResearch10,25218521929
University of Massachusetts BostonBostonPublicResearch14,11719641972
Urban College of BostonBostonPrivateAssociate’s67319932001
Wellesley CollegeWellesleyPrivateBaccalaureate2,37318701929
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonPrivateSpecial-focus3,81619041967
Wheelock CollegeBostonPrivateMaster's1,10919391950

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Institution Lookup". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Search for Schools, Colleges, and Libraries". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  3. ^ Founding year is institutionally determined. It may differ from the institution's charter year, the year it became an institution of higher education, or the year it took its current name.
  4. ^ "Roster of Institutions: Massachusetts". Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Retrieved 2009-07-01.